Mercedes-Benz ceased production of rechargeable hybridsJune 22, 2018
Mercedes-Benz has stopped the production of rechargeable hybrids – according to the British edition of Autocar. This applies to C-class, E-class, S-class and GLE crossover vehicles. In the coming months, they will be replaced by machines with hybrid power units of the so-called “third generation”.
All new hybrids will come under the new “electric” sub-brand Meredes-EQ. The power plant of the so-called “third generation” includes a new nine-speed automatic transmission combined in a single unit with a clutch and an electric motor.
The power of the electric motor is 121 horsepower. Without turning on the internal combustion engine, the cars will be able to reach speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (against 130 kilometers per hour now). At the same time the power reserve on electric traction should grow up to 50 kilometers
According to official representatives of the Daimler concern, the first option will be a hybrid version of the S-Class. Sedan S560e with a six-cylinder petrol turbo will replace the model S500e. His sales will begin next fall.
Then there will be two hybrid versions of the E-class – with gasoline and diesel engines with four cylinders. The first buyers will receive them before the end of the year. In the spring of 2019 there will be a hybrid version of the C-class with a diesel engine. And soon after that, Mercedes will also release a minor model in the line of hybrids – the A-class hatchback.
Unlike the car models, the GLE crossover this year will be replaced by a generation. So a new hybrid powerplant will get a completely new car. Journalists Autocar suggest that the crossover will receive a six-cylinder engine with a hybrid “stuffing” from the S-Class, and such a car will be called the GLE 560e.
Now, Mercedes-Benz offers its hybrids to Russian buyers, but only sedans E 350 e and crossovers GLC 350 e.